For the longest time I have wanted to find a job or career that allowed me to work from home. I mean that’s the dream right? To get up, throw on some yoga pants, grab some coffee, and walk across the room to your desk. I have been fortunate enough to have two jobs now that allow me to work from home and I would love to share my tips on doing so with anyone out there who is new to the world of remote work.
Have a Morning Routine
One thing I have found to be really helpful with working from home is to have a routine each morning. Just like someone who is going into the office has a routine for starting their day, you should too. Get up, read your bible, work out, shower (yes this needed to be said), get dressed (even if it’s just a tee and leggings), have breakfast and coffee. Do what you need to do to start your day and make it feel like a work day.
Rolling out of bed and logging onto your computer can affect you negatively because your mind hasn’t had the chance to catch up and switch gears. Staying in your PJs all day can affect you this way too. I’ve noticed if I don’t get up and get ready before logging in, I’m less focused and a lot more tired. So doing these things can really help with productivity.
Create a Daily Schedule
This tip could vary depending on the job you have and how flexible it is. I personally work from home some days of the week and go into the office the other days. So I have a way I like to schedule my day depending on where I will be spending it. Only with time will you know what your schedule will look like. But I encourage you to make one and stick to it when you can. It will make the day feel more structured and productive.
Find a Form of Planning and Stick to it
Planning, planning, planning. One of my favorite things to do. And when you are working from home, with no one checking on you it is easy to forget how important this is. I like to plan my days and weeks out ahead of time. It can be important when you are juggling working from home and all of the personal things in life that need to get done. I enjoy using a paper planner for personal things – here is the one I use now. And for work I use my outlook calendar. That way my co-workers know when I am in a meeting or “Out of the office” at a certain time.
Along with keeping a planner I also love to make lists. I am that person who loves to check things off of a list. So at the beginning of every day I write out a list of to dos in order of priority. I personally feel like I am accomplishing more when I can check things off of a list and it helps me see what I’ve done and what still needs to be done.
If Possible, Switch locations
If your job and home office set up allows it, switch up your office from time to time! I’m thankful that most of my work is done on a laptop that I use at home or take into the office with me. Sometimes a new view can really get your creative juices flowing. I love to find a new place every now and then and work remotely from a new location for the day. My favorite places to try are coffee shops but co-working spaces are a great option as well.
This may not be an issue for everyone, but I have to remind myself to take breaks throughout the day. If I feel myself becoming stressed or overwhelmed I find that walking away from my computer helps a lot. If I am stumped on a problem or issue that I can’t figure out I step away, grab a snack, and usually come back with a fresh mindset. It’s so easy to sit down and get so into your work that you forget to take care of yourself. Don’t do this! The last thing you want is to feel burnt out.
Make sure you have a space you like to be in. For some that may be a home office. For others it may be a desk in the corner of your bedroom or living room. It may even be your couch. Whatever the space is, you will be spending a lot of time there if you are working from home. So make sure it is a space you don’t mind looking at every day. Make it inspiring. Put up a vision board, images or quotes, anything that will fuel you throughout the day. It can make a huge difference to have a space dedicated to your work that inspires you and gets you excited!
So, those are just a few of the tips I have gathered from my experience working from home. I would love to hear from anyone out there who is wanting to work from home or starting a position that is remote soon. I’d love to hear your thoughts or concerns. And for those of you who have had some experience in this area, please share any other tips you may have!